Item #899W-Vintage Men's Navajo Turquoise Coral Chip Inlay Waterbird Stamped Silver Belt Buckle

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Item #899W-Vintage Men's Navajo Turquoise Coral Chip Inlay Waterbird Stamped Silver Belt Buckle

129.95
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Vintage 70’s-80’s Navajo turquoise and coral chip inlay flying waterbird/peyote bird decorative stamped belt buckle. The silversmith has used nickel silver (sign of early 80’s when sterling prices shot up) adding a small rectangular overlay with the bird cut out from the top layer. The artist fills the bird with turquoise chips for the head, neck, and tail feathers while filling both wings and the body with coral chips. The artist has used sunrise stamping around the bird to show motion or moving parts, applied repeat arrow shaped stamping which is the symbol for Thunderbirds above and below the bird. The artist applies repeat crescent moon stamping to show water symbol. All the above description has been applied the the small rectangular overlay piece of the belt buckle. The rest of the stampwork shows repeat leaves or feathers stamped above and below the bird with what appears to be large sunrise at both ends. The artist finishes the stampwork decoration by framing everything inside a repeating square stamping. On the back the artist completes the buckle by attaching a stationary belt clasp and solid set pin.

The belt buckle measures 2” tall by 3” across and weighs 33.1 grams (1.11 oz or 1.06 ozt) and is unsigned. It will accommodate a belt up to 1 1/2” wide. As I stated above, the buckle was most likely made in early 1980’s. Sterling silver prices shot up to around $50 an ounce and a lot of the silversmiths switched over to the nickel or german silver so they could make affordable jewelry. Very nice well made and affordable belt buckle with real stone chips and won’t tarnish! $129.95